Hapoel Holon Edges Out Rio Breogan for Second BCL Victory
Hapoel Holon achieved a hard-fought victory over Rio Breogan in Riga, notching their second win in the Basketball Champions League. Leading for the majority of the game, Holon showed resilience and focus to withstand a late comeback attempt by the Spanish team.
The game began with a dynamic first quarter, highlighted by several lead changes. Holon gained the upper hand with an 8-0 run, capped off by Niv Misgav's three-pointer at the buzzer, taking a 22-14 lead.
Holon's momentum carried into the second quarter, with a decisive 16-0 stretch between the second and third periods, creating an 18-point lead. C.J. Harris was the linchpin of this effort, contributing 15 points with an impressive 6/8 shooting performance, instrumental in building Holon's lead.
Breogan, however, kept the game competitive. Stefan Momirov's 21-point performance narrowed Holon's lead to three points. Further tension arose when Matas Jogela reduced the deficit to just one point with a layup from a steal by Polite.
In these critical moments, Amine Noua stood out for Holon. His important plays, including his offensive rebound and basket after Dawson's missed layup, followed by a crucial three-pointer, ensured Holon maintained their lead and eventually sealed the win.
Breogan's struggle, particularly Jogela's off-night from three-point range, contributed to their 1-2 standing in Group F. Meanwhile, Holon's victory places them alongside Bonn as group leaders, each with two wins. However, Holon have the advantage of the win secured in Bonn and a game in hand over the current BCL holders.